This low-carb Bacon Cheddar Breakfast Casserole is super tasty and quick to put together, so it makes a great addition to your family breakfast or brunch spread.
Breakfast doesn’t have to be full of carbs. While we still enjoy making low-carb pancakes, the rest of the family doesn’t always love these versions. This breakfast casserole solves those breakfast squabbles.
Breakfast Casserole Ingredients
Breakfast casseroles can be made with just about any ingredients you wish, but we find that the bacon, cheddar and broccoli version is a favorite. It’s healthy, light and delicious.
This casserole is made with:
- Spices and seasonings
If you want to mix it up, you can substitute – or just add – sliced or cubed ham or sausage, or make it vegetarian by adding in extra veggies, like cubed squash, onions, bell peppers, or spinach. We also like to add mushrooms and cubed potatoes, once in a while.
How to Make Breakfast Casserole
Since the broccoli won’t have enough time to cook from raw in this casserole, you do need to cook it slightly before adding it to the casserole dish. Just 2-3 minutes in the pan with some water will steam it quickly, so it gets cooked through.
You will also need to cook and crumble the bacon before adding it to the casserole. The bacon won’t cook properly if added to the casserole raw.
Once those elements are cooked, you can add them to a casserole dish. Scramble up the eggs with a little bit of heavy cream and the seasonings, then pour that mixture over the ingredients that are already in the dish.
It takes about 15-20 minutes to thoroughly cook the eggs. You can tell they’re done when the top starts to feel springy to the touch in the center. You can also give the dish a small shake. If the eggs jiggle in the middle, they need a few more minutes.
Be sure to reserve a small amount of the bacon bits and shredded cheddar to put on top of the casserole as garnish before serving. You can also add a bit of fresh parsley or cilantro to the top to dress it up, if you want.
Reheating and Freezing
This Bacon, Cheddar and Broccoli Casserole can be made in advance and reheated in the oven. I don’t recommend reheating it in the microwave, because eggs have a tendency to blow up in the microwave. When ready to reheat, just put it in the oven for 10 minutes on 350 degrees.
You can also freeze the casserole to use at a later date. The same reheating rules apply, though you’d have to cook it in the oven for 20 minutes on 350 degrees, from frozen.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the broccoli have to be cooked before adding it to the casserole?
We recommend cooking it before it is added. Since the broccoli won’t have enough time to cook from raw in this casserole, you do need to cook it slightly before adding it to the casserole dish. Just 2-3 minutes in the pan with some water will steam it quickly, so it gets cooked through. Make sure to drain the broccoli well so you don’t add excess moisture to your casserole.
You could use frozen broccoli as opposed to fresh broccoli. Just make sure to thaw it fully before adding it.
Do I have to add bacon?
Absolutely not. That is the great thing about this casserole. Add the ingredients that your family likes. Don’t like bacon? Add ham or sausage to the mix or leave the meat out all together and make it vegetarian.
What to Serve With It
This casserole is very filling as is. But, if you are serving it for brunch try including these low-carb berry smoothies, quick keto English muffins and keto coconut flour pancakes to the menu. You can never go wrong with blueberry or pumpkin muffins. Smoked salmon is a favorite for brunch, why not try this breakfast item.
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Bacon Cheddar Broccoli Breakfast Casserole
- Non-stick cooking spray
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 cups broccoli florets
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- 6 slices thick-cut bacon cooked and crumbled
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Fresh parsley for garnish
- Pre-heat oven to 350°F and spray an 8” x 8” casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick sauté pan over medium heat. Add the broccoli and water and cook for 2-3 minutes, just until the broccoli softens slightly and turns bright green.
- Remove from heat and transfer broccoli to prepared casserole dish and spread out evenly. Top with shredded cheese and crumbled bacon and side aside.
- Whisk the eggs with the heavy cream, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, and oregano. Season with salt and black pepper, as desired. Pour the egg mixture over the broccoli, cheddar, and bacon and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the casserole is set and lightly golden brown on top.
- Remove from oven. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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